2016 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône SKU #1402276

Price: $12.99

RP 90
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K&L Notes

Just across the Rhône river from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this 88-acre estate is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking staff at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Montfaucon crafts their Côtes du Rhône to express the intense fruit characteristics of the appellation, blending to achieve harmony and balance.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Generosity is an endearing trait often reserved in the best of times for our own species, but it can also be found in other realms. Take a humble wine, for instance, especially if it shows such supple red and black fruit, gentle spice and melded warmth of character as this Cotes du Rhone from Chateau de Montfaucon. Having spent some time with the estate's utterly engaging owner and overall bon vivant Rudi de Pins one can't but feel that all of his wines share the same convivial personality and lusty exuberance for life. Pour this generous wine for your friends, your family, yourself.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    What a WINE! The little Côtes du Rhône is anything but little. A beautifully balanced fruit bouquet and spice is classic and elegant. The tannins are big, robust and ripe showing that this wine will even hold up for about a decade in keeping a true style. I would put this up against some Châteauneuf du Papes just to show what a good Côtes du Rhône can do. This is a serious wine! Bottoms up!
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    My love for the wines of the Cotes-du-Rhone began in earnest with the release of the 1998 vintage. I socked several cases away assuming I’d be rewarded in years to come. And as my stocks dwindle I can attest that I was greatly rewarded and that many of them are still going strong. While this may not be a 20 year wine, I am positive that it will provide glorious drinking over the next decade. I’m a fan of the stylish elegance Montafaucon summons forth. The combination of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Counois yields a wine of amazing complexity that keeps you coming back for the next sip as each one reveals an additional nuance or layer within the wine. Our esteemed Rhone buyer, Keith Mabry, has a nose for ferreting out the best of the vintage and he really nailed this one. I strongly urge you to put a case in your pantry for near and long term drinking.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The new 2016 is a stellar new release from our favorite Lirac based producer. Offering up richer flavors of blackcurrants, blackberries and Indian spices, this is a gorgeous effort that lingers on the palate. The volume of the 2016 vintage shines through but the deft hand of winemaker Rudi de Pins keeps it all elegant and refined on the palate. Having recently tasted the 2012, which showed spectacularly well, with even more concentration this has great potential ahead of it.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Our best selling "small producer" Rhone red is a shade richer and more substantial than in past vintages but retains all the lively dark fruit and crunchy berry flavors we expect from this bottling. Blackberries, potpourri, savory herb, licorice and an assortment of exotic spices fill the aromas and flavors of this amazing bargain.


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